Nelson sports a scar as a reminder to slip, slop, slap.
Nelson sports a scar as a reminder to slip, slop, slap. Contributed

This story is a timely reminder to slip, slop, slap

SUMMER has arrived and the sun is shining at full force.

And while that combined with the Sunshine Coast's beaches is a recipe for fun, it's also a recipe for sun burn and potentially skin cancer.

According to the Cancer Council Queensland, more than 324,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 3600 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year.

On top of that, the number of invasive melanomas diagnosed annually is predicted to rise by more than 42 per cent by 2025, if Queenslanders fail to make sun protection a priority.

Noosa resident Nelson Kahler knows all too well what it's like to have a skin cancer scare.

The 22-year-old had his first mole removed six years ago.

"I was 16 years old I think and it was taken from around my left shoulder blade," he said.

"Then later I had another one more taken out of the bottom of my foot."

The Suncoast Phoenix Clippers basketball player said luckily both of them came back negative for melanoma.

He said he religiously gets his moles checked once a year now because he doesn't want to risk anything and "then it might be too late".

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Nicole Border said early detection was vital.

"If we detect melanoma at its earliest stages, before it spreads, we have a much better chance of beating the disease before it takes hold," she said.

"It's imperative that people get to know their own skin - if you notice a new spot or lesion, or a spot or lesion change in shape, colour or size - visit your GP immediately."

Skin cancer facts

  • 1 in 14 QLDers will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime.
  • 76 melanomas are found per 100,000 people on the Sunshine Coast.
  • More than 390 people die from melanoma each year.